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Northern California July 9th Cache Creek Casino Resort card announced

Undefeated former NABF Super Bantamweight Champion Manuel “Tino” Avila (20-0, 8 KOs) of Fairfield, CA will return to Cache Creek Casino Resort for the second time in his career on Saturday, July 9 in a night full of action in Northern California. The Fairfield native will move up in weight to take on Prosper Ankrah (24-7, 15 KOs) in a 10-round bout for the vacant IBA Americas Featherweight Title.

Also part of the night’s action, the co-main event will feature former world title challenger Manuel “Suavecito” Roman (19-4-3, 7 KOs) of Paramount, CA. The rest of the night also showcases Sacramento’s featherweight undefeated star Alberto Torres (6-0-2, 3 KOs), heavyweight Ryan “Rhino” Bourland (9-1, 4 KOs) of Vacaville, CA and undefeated middleweight Rudy Puga (8-0, 7 KOs) of Salinas, CA. Starting off the night will be two Sacramento prospects, the super featherweight Pedro Moreno (1-0, 1 KO) and undefeated cruiserweight Blake McKernan (2-0, 1 KOs). Opponents will be announced shortly.


Boxing Hall of Fame legend Don “War a Week” Chargin says, “It’s so much fun giving all these local kids an opportunity to rise in the professional ranks. Having their families and friends there to cheer them on is special. Rhino Bourland is a throwback of the old blood and guts fighters. Lots of action!  Lots of thrills!”


Manuel Avila stated, “I am excited to get back in the ring and show people I have what it takes to become a world champion. This is another stepping stone in my career and winning the IBA Americas Featherweight Title will get me closer to my goal. I have been working on my strength, footwork and making sure to throw more punches to make sure I give fans an exciting night of boxing. I know Ankrah is tough fighter, but I am up for the challenge and will use all my assets to show that I am ready to make my mark in the featherweight division.”


“Manuel ‘Tino’ Avila is a superb fighter who is laser-focused on becoming a top star in the sport, and with his work ethic and talent, I have no doubt that he will achieve that,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Tino is the type of fighter every promoter wants to work with; he’s dedicated to his craft, trains hard and has what it takes to become a world champion. I believe 2016 will be an important year in his career, and fans and the media should take note.”


A native of Fairfield, Avila will have another chance to obtain a second title in less than a year. Last August, Avila scored a technical knockout victory over former world title challenger Yoandris “El Nino” Salinas to take home the interim NABF Super Bantamweight Title. Since then, Avila has won unanimous decision victories over seasoned Mexican warrior Jose Angel “Pepe” Beranza and former WBC Silver Featherweight Champion Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado of Managua, Nicaragua. Now Avila will be looking to add another title to his collection when he goes up against the tough Prosper Ankrah for the vacant IBA Americas Featherweight Title.


As a fighter that has challenged opponents around the world, Prosper Ankrah, who is currently fighting out of Silver Spring, Md. by way of Accra, Ghana, is still looking to find himself at the top of the featherweight division. Ankrah’s previous experience includes six different titles bouts, most recently fighting for the vacant WBO International Bantamweight Title in March 2015 against Japan’s Ryo Akaho. In his last fight, Ankrah took on the international champion from Veracruz, MX, Tomas “Gusano” Rojas where Ankrah dominated Rojas by sending him down to the canvas in the first round only to lose the fight in the fourth round due to injury to Ankrah’s left arm. Ankrah stated in a phone conversation, “the hardest thing has been leaving my family behind in Africa and all my sacrifice is not going to be in vain. Avila better be ready because I am bringing the belt home with me.”


The co-main event will feature former world title challenger Manuel “Suavecitio” Roman of Paramount, CA in a super bantamweight fight against an opponent soon to be announced. Roman has always fought the best in the division taking on Serigio Espinoza and winning the vacant WBC Continental America’s flyweight title, Anthony “Baby Assassin” Villarreal, Randy “El Matador” Caballero, John Amuzu, Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz for the WBC Super Bantamweight World Title, and rising super bantamweight star Diego De La Hoya. Roman was most recently seen defeating Pedro “Inquieto” Palma in June 2015 and Alfonso “Pancho” Sandoval in March 2016. In is his first visit to Northern California, Roman is ready to continue his winning streak and prove that he can fight any big name in the game.


Avila vs. Ankrah is a 10-round bout for the vacant IBA Americas Featherweight title headlining a night of world-class professional championship boxing presented by Don Chargin Productions and Paco Presents Boxing in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Cache Creek Casino Resort. Doors open at 5:00 pm, the first bell rings at 6:00 pm.


Tickets, priced at $65, $95 and $125, are on sale now and available for purchase, and


The weigh-in will take place at the Cache Creek Casino Resort on Friday, July 8 and is free to the public. The official weigh-in time is 3:00 pm.

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